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Town Outskirts Still The Best Place For Supermarkets

Published on: 20 Apr, 2012
Updated on: 20 Apr, 2012

From Bernard Parke, Hon Alderman

It cannot be denied that a new Waitrose store would be welcomed in Guildford.

However, the question must be asked, even after tinkering with the present system, can the town cope with the constant movement of 170 car born customers?

I understand that a further 50/60 parking spaces will be needed for future residents in that zone.

The question was posed when Tesco and Sainsbury wanted to expand. The answer was then and still bears credence to-day that such stores should be encourage to set up shop on the outskirts of the town.

A policy akin to that of Park and Ride.

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Responses to Town Outskirts Still The Best Place For Supermarkets

  1. Gerald Bland

    April 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Before we rush to condemn Waitrose we should first establish what the site owner, Guildford Borough Council, is intending to do with the substantial proceeds from the sale of this community asset and what the local planning authority, also Guildford Borough Council, will seek to negotiate by way of infrastructure contribution from Waitrose before given them a supermarket planning permission.

    An interesting tightrope for the Council in its dual role as landowner and local planning authority to tread!

  2. Julian Lyon

    April 21, 2012 at 7:39 am

    The travesty of the conflicting interests of the Borough Council when it comes to deciding how much of the gross capital receipts should be commuted for s106 and s278 agreements for highways improvements is that we have no traffic study or long term plan against which to measure the appropriateness of any allocation.

    See ‘Readers Letters’ for full comment.